Defected is probably the one and only label that carried House music’s legacy into the 21st century. It preserved its history while continuing a new one, bridging the gap across generations of music lovers and clubbers worldwide. Even today, they are putting on line-ups with the best of both eras playing a big part… This show is no different. From the top we have Kings of Tomorrow, Simon Dunmore, Copyright, Sam Divine, DJ S.K.T ft RAE (LIVE PA)
On Saturday 17th Oct, join Kings of Tomorrow, Simon Dunmore, Copyright, Sam Divine, DJ S.K.T, Riva Starr, Juan Maclean, Tim Deluxe, Luke Solomon at Great Suffolk Street Warehouse for an exploration of house. Tickets available via WeareHSE
Whichever way you look at it, you know who Sandy Rivera is. Whether it’s the words to ‘Finally’, the album you have by Kings of Tomorrow, the stunning production that infiltrates ALL the way through ‘FREAK’ or the untold mixes that have penetrated the dance charts over the past 15 years; you KNOW who Sandy Rivera is.
Simon Dunmore is Defected; plain and simple. Without him, one of the world’s longest-standing and most highly respected house music labels would not exist, and the current landscape of electronic music would appear that little bit flatter. Rapidly approaching its 15th anniversary, few labels have consistently operated at such a high level as Defected Records, due in no small part to the drive, determination and A&R talent of its owner and founder.
Producers, DJs, long-term music fanatics and now – perhaps most life-changing of all – fathers, Copyright are Sam Holt and Gavin ‘Face’ Mills, the UK duo whose considered and mature approach to house music has earned them a place in electronic music history. After 15 years, Copyright can count a studio album, headline gigs at some of the world’s biggest clubs, their own label Copyright Recordings and dozens of acclaimed singles amongst their achievements. Add to this a longstanding relationship with the mighty Defected Records on which the majority of their music has been released, and it’s easy to see why the name Copyright has become synonymous with quality, earning Holt and Mills thousands of fans around the globe.
Long associated with the legendary Defected Records, Sam Divine has come a long way since being a record shop employee having spent the last nine years being a key component to the White Isle’s party scene. Her travels have seen her tour throughout Europe as well as Brazil, Chile, Japan and Dominican Republic, with festival highlights including We Are FSTVL (UK) and Pacha Festival (The Netherlands) as well as securing a three year residency at Ushuaia, Ibiza. Without doubt one of the most popular and passionate DJs on the circuit.
In addition to a booming DJ career, Sam is also an ambassador for Breast Cancer Research thanks to her annual charity night La Vita of which 25 female DJs helped to launch. This year marks La Vita’s 8th birthday in Ibiza and London, and so far its success has helped to raise over £35,000. In an industry where many artists are praised for their efforts and determination Sam Divine shines brightly as a true example of diligence. She is the personification of someone who genuinely possesses such traits and this is evident in her countless achievements in such a short time span. Her unrivalled work ethic is displayed through her animated and dexterous DJ sets of which continue to build her an ever growing loyal fan base. She is in our eyes an icon for inspiration of what you can achieve if you pour your heart into something you adore.
Decoded Magazine recently had the pleasure of interviewing Sam and you can read the full story here
As a producer, DJ, and label manager, DJ S.K.T’s iconic style is influenced by a number of different sounds, from Deep and Soulful house to experimental bass. He has already received support from the likes of MK, Amine Edge, Steve Smart and Mistajam, and had releases on AATW/Universal and Rinse FM’s Audio Rehab label. His garage-influenced house anthem, “Take Me Away” featuring Rae, is arguably one of the biggest standout tracks of the year, and his latest track, “Dirty”, recently released on Defected
Riva Starr, aka East-London based Stefano Miele, has long burned a mark on the night. Not simply a widely respected DJ, producer and the owner of Snatch! Records, his restless artistry has made a career from shrugging off genre constraints and expectations.
Starting out spinning ten hour sets in his native Napoli, Riva Starr was working up to Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule long before it even existed. Capable of turning it out on any dancefloor he’s been invited onto the biggest stages, from Glastonbury to Fuji Rock to Tommorrowland, Snatch! has hosted its own tent at Creamfields, while the Riva Starr touch has been sought to open for Jamiroquai in Ibiza and to work with artists as diverse as Horace Andy, Fatboy Slim or Arthur Baker – or to remix Wiley or London Grammar. Far from cashing in his chips for mainstream glory, however, he still beats to the pulse of the underground, throwing down back to back sets with DJ Pierre and Technasia, and rocking clubs like Warehouse Project (Manchester), ElRow (Barcelona and Ibiza) and Cocoon, or heading his own label showcase at off Sonar.
The Juan MacLean always get away with EVERYTHING. For one, they always figure out a way to make the very old sound very new. For instance, the main groove on the album’s first track, “A Place Called Space,” is a combination of epic prog/rock, phased hi-hats, Moroder bass, vocals on delay, spacey lyrics. You’ve heard this before. But the surprise chorus halfway through is what makes it work: “It’s too late, don’t play your games here anymore,” Nancy sings. All that color and emotion . . . like she’s chastising the song itself. Secondly, they always GO THERE. The sounds you’re just not supposed to reach for, the Juan always reaches for.
From the classic, garage stormer ‘Rip Groove’, to the seamless ‘Sirens/We All Love Sax’, to his Latin Inspired, house monster: ‘It Just Won’t Do’ – Tim Deluxe’s productions so far have been renowned for quality, diversity and above all, making them move…
Deluxe grew up in North London. At 14 he gained a Saturday job in Time Is Right records, in Islington’s Chapel Market and whilst there perfected mixing skills that, although he was still under 18, led him to a slot at Ministry of Sound standing in for CJ Mackintosh … he rocked it and is still rocking dancefloors across the world each week.
No-one could debate Luke Solomon’s dance music credentials. From setting up the seminal label Classic Recordings with Derrick Carter to taking quirky house to the UK Top 10 and international charts, with his band Freaks, to DJing around the globe and performing live, Luke has been there for many of the more interesting 4/4 moments of the last decade.
After kicking off his DJ career at Middlesex University in the early 90’s, it wasn’t long before Luke was moving in the upper reaches of house music. A gig with Derrick Carter led the two to become friends, after which Classic Recordings was born. For 9 years, the label introduced the world to the likes of DJ Sneak, Tiefschwarz, Isolee and Freeform 5 and garnered a cult
Besides continuing to travel around the world to DJ (playing the likes of Panama Bar, Berlin, Fabric, London, Moxa Club, Italy, Zukunft, Switzerland, D-Edge, Brazil) releasing new material from Freaks on Rebirth Records, creating a new club moniker, Lukatron which will see it’s first release on Quintessential and continuing to remix under Luke Solomon and Freaks guises, Luke has also just finished recording his 2nd artist album “ Timelines” which features the likes of Jon Marsh from The Beloved, Tiger,Tiger & Natalie Broomes on vocals.